Christmas Eve, 1939. Shirley Temple sang “Silent Night” in a live radio concert.
Whilst on singing the theme song to ‘The Blue Bird’ she was nearly assassinated by a mad woman who thought she had stolen the soul of her deceased daughter. Shirley continued to sing although she was frightened and confused.
It seems that it’s the time of year once more that the Shirley Temple tag on Tumblr gets taken over by people mistaking a Christmas song from the 1950’s as one recorded by Shirley Temple.
For the record “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” was created when Shirley Temple was 25 years old!
- Danielle xxx
Following her less than memorable venture into television, Shirley Temple became active in the Republican Party in California, where, in 1967, she ran unsuccessfully for the House of Representatives in a special election to fill a vacant seat. She ran as a conservative and lost to liberal Republican Pete McCloskey, a staunch opponent of the Vietnam War.
She was appointed Representative to the 24th United Nations General Assembly by Richard M. Nixon (Sep – Dec 1969), and was appointed Ambassador to Ghana (Dec 6, 1974 – Jul 13, 1976) by Gerald R. Ford. She was appointed first female Chief of Protocol of the United States (Jul 1, 1976 – Jan 21, 1977), and was in charge of arrangements for Jimmy Carter’s inauguration and inaugural ball. She served as the United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia (Aug 23, 1989 – Jul 12, 1992), having been appointed by George H. W. Bush.
Temple has served on numerous boards of directors of large enterprises and organizations including The Walt Disney Company, Del Monte, Bank of America, the Bank of California, BANCAL Tri-State, Fireman’s Fund Insurance, the United States Commission for UNESCO, the United Nations Association, and the National Wildlife Federation. (That’s a lot of animal crackers in your soup, kid.)
.. the other day someone asked me about this song and I am quite confused about it. Mostly because - even with my constant finding of Shirley Temple photographs, video recordings and things - I have never come across it. When I google search it does state her name and the lyrics, so it can’t be the name for another song. Also, I quickly scanned through ‘Stowaway’ and didn’t find it. Maybe it’s a delete scene?
Either this is a forgotten/lost radio recording/music release of hers (which would be odd as this is never mentioned either in her Autobiography) or.. as is sadly usual with Shirley’s case.. it has been sung by another child star much later on and has been attributed to her because people have no sense of time and space Eg. people who think Annie stars Shirley Temple. When I googled again all I found was references to it in other things but not the actual song.
If any followers know where to find this song/if it actually exists/if it’s nothing to do with her, please message me! I’d love to know either way.
Also feel free to ask any other questions!
Shirley Temple in the law office waiting the approval of her new contract, 1941.
A contract that wouldn’t last long due to her wanting to become a normal teenager and attend regular school, resulting in only one picture at MGM.
Shirley Temple, 1936 and 1938.
Fact: Shirley loved uniforms; wearing them and seeing people in them. To please her I think they put her in such roles. Wee Willie Winkie was one of her only films shot on a location outside of the studio - when they were not filming Shirley would march the extras up and down for fun, yelling orders.
Her love for uniformed men would also be one of the reasons she married first husband, John Agar, who was at the time part of the army.
Shirley Temple at a Birthday party on the 20th Century Fox Studio lot, 1930s.
Fact: Apart from her brothers and Mary-Lou (the girl that acted as a double for her in film scenes) Shirley didn’t know anyone who was invited to her parties.
I can’t spot either in this photo, so it’s likely Shirley knows nobody shes seated with here, they are all children of producers and directors at the studio.
Shirley Temple with her doll collection, 1930s.
Fact: When a producer announced that Shirley was to start a doll collection she was sent thousands of dolls in under a week. Shirley never requested any doll herself, apart from the one used in Bright Eyes, most of her gifts were sent to charity organisations and she kept very little of what was given to her over the years.
Shirley Temple with her parents and members of the FBI, 1930s.
Fact: Shirley’s family maintained a close connection with the FBI, namely J. Edgar Hoover, throughout her life. Both her husbands were secretly screened by them before she married. Her first husband, John Agar, was able to be pulled out of the army early because her father requested he come home to her.
Shirley Temple sang ‘Silent Night’ at her radio debut, Christmas Eve, 1939, Screen Guild Theatre.
Fact: Shirley’s mother was fearful of live performances, plus Shirley’s fox contract didn’t allow her to do other projects outside of their films which would give her a profit. This was taken at the end of Shirley’s contract with them.
After her contract she was offered many theatre roles, including one named ‘Panama Hattie’, her mother declined because she didn’t think Shirley was up for a stage role. The show she rejected became extremely popular and a film was later made, it was another ‘Wizard of Oz’ for Shirley’s career.
MGM fails in the poster department. Seems like a bit of a mess to me.
This was Shirley’s only film with MGM at age 12/13. It was her first film post her child-star era.
I found this image with the caption “Shirley Temple in Waikiki Hawaii visit troops, 1939.”
This isn’t true, date-wise it’s correct that she would be there then visiting troops, but the image is wrong and seems to be some sort of edit as this image of Shirley with her little girl blonde curls is from the early 30’s. In 1939 she had adopted a different style and had darker coloured hair.
Ginger Rogers and Shirley Temple
Ginger Rogers highly disliked Shirley Temple for no apparent reason. In a film together with her, “I’ll be Seeing You”, Rogers refused to come on set until someone had recast Shirley’s role and she also insulted her on a few occassions through the production even though they had never met previously.
Judging by this photo she grew out of it, or that smile isn’t as sincere as it looks.
|The movie Cats Don't Dance portrayed an evil kind of Shirley Temple character in Darla Dimple, so I wondered..|
Was Shirley Temple ever bratty on set or while working?
Thanks for the question :) I can answer it for you in some detail.
Shirley was always a confident child and at the beginning of her career she was in no position to act any differently to any other child. But this is the thing I think most people forget - from her moment in Little Miss Marker onwards her life became the film set, she lived (quite literally) at the studio, she had one to one tuition, barely saw other children, and so she acted pretty much like all of the other stars of the decade and saw them as equals rather than seeing herself as a child.
For the most part Shirley was a pleasant child and got along well with most of the adults working with her, or at least gained their friendship along the way. She was always interested and had a system of rehearsal every night with her mother that meant that she often knew the script better than anyone else - which annoyed quite a few people and made her seem arrogant in correcting people.
That said, she most definitely had some brattish moments, for instance she treated her costume-maker quite badly, she always snubbed conversation with her and complained about fittings taking too long because she wanted to get to the set quickly. The costume maker also made dolls with mini versions of her costume which Shirley purposely ignored. She also had some run-ins with a photographer that caught her on an off day and she told him that he ‘had enough now’ and that she was leaving.
Shirley was very much a product of her environment. She wasn’t a child star was we know them today and there wasn’t as much welfare around. I think people forget that at one point she was the biggest star in the world and it’s hard for that not to get to a child.
I feel like I’m defending her, but really this is the answer - she was sometimes a diva, but she wasn’t as bad as some other adult actresses you’d see in the 1930s.
I’m not aware of anyone meeting her (and she met a lot of famous/powerful people over the years) and saying anything negative apart from some other actors that were in the position of being sour already towards her. Also I think it was easy for people to be threatened by such a confident, small child and that’s still an aspect today that has stuck.
Shirley had visited the Beatles in their dressing room backstage at a San Francisco concert in 1964. It is said when the Beatles requested her permission to use her image on the cover of the album, she was the only celebrity who insisted upon hearing the disc before granting permission.